CANCELLED: Schola Christi: Hindrances to Full Participation at Mass: Part Three - Human Nature

7:00pm-8:30pm

March 14, 2020

Join us one Saturday of each month for a group for adults and members of the “Secular Oratory” called "The School of Christ" or Schola Christi. Each month we will reflect upon ways we can draw closer to our Eucharistic Lord, embrace His will in our lives and bear witness to His sacrificial love in the world. The group begins at 7:00pm at The Oratory with Hymns, a spiritual conference or a brief prepared reflection, and informal and familiar discussion. We will always conclude the evening with some tasty dolce and time for fellowship - building relationships with one another based on our common bond of friendship with Jesus Christ.

Presenter: Fr. David Abernethy, C. O.

CANCELLED: Bagels and Bible Study: The Sunday Mass Readings

Every Wednesday Morning | 9:00am

March 18, 2020

​Join the Oratorians every Wednesday in reading, studying and reflecting on the themes and lessons of the Sunday Mass Readings. Bagels and coffee provided. 

CANCELLED: The Ancient Christian Writers Series: The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian

Wednesday Evenings | 7:30pm | Lead by Father David Aberenethy, C.O.

March 18, 2020

Join Father David every Wednesday in reading and prayerfully reflecting on the writings and ascetic spirituality of the Desert Fathers of the Church. 

CANCELLED: Bagels and Bible Study: The Sunday Mass Readings

Every Wednesday Morning | 9:00am

March 25, 2020

Join the Oratorians every Wednesday in reading, studying and reflecting on the themes and lessons of the Sunday Mass Readings. Bagels and coffee provided. 

CANCELLED: The Ancient Christian Writers Series: The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian

Wednesday Evenings | 7:30pm | Lead by Father David Aberenethy, C.O.

March 25, 2020

Join Father David every Wednesday in reading and prayerfully reflecting on the writings and ascetic spirituality of the Desert Fathers of the Church. 

CANCELLED: The Oratory Lecture Series

Enter by the Narrow Gate: The Ascetic Podvig of Living in the Modern World

March 28, 2020

Join us for the monthly Oratory Lecture Series - one of the many groups offered for the members of the Secular Oratory. Each month one of the Oratory Fathers or Brothers will offer a lecture on Catholic Culture, Theology, History or Spirituality

Presenter: Fr. David Abernethy, CO

TOPIC: “Enter by the Narrow Gate: The Ascetic Podvig of Living in the Modern World"

There are few words as unpopular today as “asceticism” or “mortification.” It seems a strange contradiction that it is so when considering things religious, given the fact that in regards to most every human pursuit it is embraced without question. We forget that Christian asceticism presupposes human asceticism; as is true with the athlete, scholar or anyone who seeks growth and perfection in any field or endeavor of life. Every specific purpose requires some type of asceticism. It belongs to the vitality of human life. Discipline, strictness, exercise - - these we seem to be able to accept without question as necessary to every worldly pursuit, but when it comes to living and exercising our Christian faith, pursuing the path that Christ has called us to walk, we become unabashed minimalists. Again, a strange contradiction; for while asceticism is indeed a human value, it is truer to look upon it as a religious value. In this case, its purpose is deeper, embracing the whole person and not just an aptitude for exercising this or that activity. Thus there is no religion without asceticism and, if such a one should appear to exist, it would be a pseudo religion. The end of such asceticism for the Christian is love and it only has value in relation to love; as a means to arrive at it and as a reflection of its presence in our lives.

Holy Hour to Pray For Priests

Last Tuesday of Every Month | 7:30-8:30pm

March 31, 2020

Please join us for a monthly holy hour to pray for priests. The holy hour will be held on the last Tuesday of every month and is hosted by the Daughters of Saint Philip Neri. The hour will include a reflection, prayers of reparation including the Offering for the Precious Blood for Priests and more. All are welcome.

Bagels and Bible Study: The Sunday Mass Readings

Every Wednesday Morning | 9:00am

April 01, 2020

​Join the Oratorians every Wednesday in reading, studying and reflecting on the themes and lessons of the Sunday Mass Readings. Bagels and coffee provided. 

The Ancient Christian Writers Series: The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian

Wednesday Evenings | 7:30pm | Lead by Father David Aberenethy, C.O.

April 01, 2020

Join Father David every Wednesday in reading and prayerfully reflecting on the writings and ascetic spirituality of the Desert Fathers of the Church. 

First Friday Vigil in April

Pittsburgh Oratory | 8:00pm-11:00pm

April 03, 2020

Join us for a three hour Vigil of Reparation before the Blessed Sacrament in devotion to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and the burning heart of St. Philip. Each hour consists of a Litany, an Act of Reparation, a Brief Reflection on the particular theme of the Vigil, a Hymn, Silent Prayer, and an Act of Consecration. Veneration of the Relic of St. Philip Neri takes place during the third hour. Confessions will be heard from 7:00 - 7:45pm. 

Led by: Fr. Paul Werley, C.O.

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Diaconate Ordination of Br. Reed Frey, C.O.

May 20, 2020

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